10 October 2012 10:48
Rowland Gee, former CEO of Moss Bros, has launched a website specialising in providing mentors for SMEs in the retail industry. Grey4Gold.com is "designed to eliminate the barriers between those who are looking for some affordable and mentoring help for their business and those with the right experience and the time to be able to provide it".
Working with Grey4Gold, Jane Rexworthy, CEO of the National Skills Academy for Retail, said the scheme had been designed to help independent retailers grow their businesses and to support startups in their first, and most vulnerable, year of trading.
The collaborative scheme between Grey4Gold and the NSA for Retail will offer retailers and town centre managers access to a team of retail experts from Grey4Gold who will offer support and guidance on subjects such as business planning, financial management, merchandising and buying, marketing and PR, property acquisition and multi-channel retailing.
Ms Rexworthy, added: "The benefits of business mentoring are difficult to overstate. Each Grey4Gold mentor has considerable retail experience and a specialism in everything from management to logistics."
She added, "Whether leading group sessions focusing on certain skill areas, or one-to-one sessions with new or struggling businesses, the Grey4Gold mentors will strengthen existing owners and help others turn retailing ideas into reality. There is so much untapped talent in the UK."